The Rise of The Viet Cong

New band Viet Cong is starting quite a buzz with its retro-sounding future-leaning Post-punk music.

Here is a little bit about the band on JAGJAGUWAR Records and a video for “Silhouettes”

Viet Cong’s highly anticipated self-titled debut album is out this week on Jagjaguwar (and Flemish Eye in Canada) and is receiving critical acclaim across the board for its depth, power and sheer inventiveness.

 The video for the breathtaking second single “Silhouettes” was today premiered by New York Times’ T Magazine who describe the band as having “a shared penchant for charred, factious punk.” The song is the only one with “obviously autobiographical lyrics on the record,” according to lead vocalist Matt Flegel who goes on to explain them, saying “We were playing a show in a venue with really sketchy power, and I was electrocuted badly. I was bleeding out of my ears and couldn’t hear properly for a few days. I was feeling anxious about it, and you can kind of feel that anxiety in the song.”

Starting with a list of classic science fiction reference points, director Brook Linder developed a concept that plays with vintage sci-fi and horror movie-inspired imagery. The glacial pacing and astronaut’s lumbering gait contrasts with the driving momentum of the song, gradually building tension and perfectly complementing the dystopian vision that runs through much of the album. Using beautiful cinematography, practical effects, and VHS-inspired interface design Linder created an unforgettable, richly cinematic video that stands alone as a short film.

Recorded in a barn-turned-studio in rural Ontario, the seven songs that make up Viet Cong were born largely on the road, when Flegel and band mates Mike Wallace, Scott Munro and Daniel Christiansen embarked on a 50-date tour that stretched virtually every limit imaginable. Close quarters hastened their exhaustion but also honed them as a group. With all four members traveling in one car, the mood conflated with the soundtrack, the soundtrack with the cities around them, and so forth.  There was repetition, but it was all different.  This combined with the grey, chilly emptiness of Calgary rendered a record with a viscerally rugged vibe.

To purchase on iTunes

Viet Cong Tracklisting 

01. Newspaper Spoons

02. Pointless Experience

03. March Of Progress

04. Bunker Buster

05. Continental Shelf

06. Silhouettes

07. Death

Upcoming Tour Dates 

03.03.15 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR

03.05.15 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA

03.06.15 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA

03.07.15 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

03.08.15 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ

03.11.15 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO

03.12.15 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN

03.13.15 – Thalia Hall | Levitation Festival – Chicago, IL

03.14.15 – Dionysus Club at Oberlin College – Oberlin, OH

03.24.15 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO

03.25.15 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT

03.26.15 – Treefort Music Fest – Boise, ID

03.27.15 – Barboza – Seattle, WA

03.28.15 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC

03.29.15 – Upstairs Cabaret – Victoria, BC

05.08.15 – Shaky Knees Festival – Atlanta, GA


About Spool Going Round

If you like my blog and have access to programming and would like to do a radio/internet show together, please contact me. My name is Mike. I am an on-air radio DJ. I fell in love with radio in Chicago and then took that passion to someplace where I could actually get on the air. My travels took me to Seattle, WA, Eugene and Portland, OR and Washington D.C., where I was able to have my own morning show. I've had crab cakes with Warren Zevon, sat backstage and interviewed Sting, had Melissa Etheridge sing to me from the front row and I loved every minute of it. That passion for music still burns strong in me and I love to talk music and be turned on to music. Sharing new music with people is what got me interested in radio in the first place. It is wonderful to be able to talk music with you. "Go ahead you're on the air..." Read more:
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